Head-on collision on Nansemond Parkway leaves three injured

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Suffolk News-Herald

Three people, including a Suffolk teen-ager, were hospitalized after a three-vehicle accident in the 2900 block of Nansemond Parkway early Monday.

A 17-year-old Nansemond River High School student was airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and two men transported to Obici Hospital after the head-on collisions around 7:50 a.m., said Lt. Kyle Holmes, spokesman for the Suffolk Police Department.

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The juvenile, whose name is not being released because of his age, reportedly suffered a separated shoulder and knee injuries, police said.

Effort to get more information on the conditions of the other drivers, Brian Russell, 41, of Zuni and James Sells, 36, of Pughsville Road, were unsuccessful.

According to police, the high school student veered across the yellow line, collided head-on with Russell’s Geo Tracker and knocked it from roadway, police said. When the juvenile’s car sopped in the oncoming lane of traffic, Sells, driving a truck hauling propane cylinders, was unable to stop in time to miss the car, police said.

Charges are pending against the Nansemond River student, Holmes said.

The latest Nansemond Parkway accident comes less than a week after the Virginia Department of Transportation installed a stoplight outside the high school and began restricting tractor-trailer traffic on the two-lane thoroughfare.

In September, Nansemond River High School cheerleader Christina Maupin was seriously injured when she pulled out of the school parking lot in front of a truck.